110m, 5 pitches. Start at the toe of the first rib that reaches the path when approaching from the Lodore Hotel.
P1. Climb the broken rock and moss to a tree belay below a groove.
P2. 4c. Step left above the tree into the groove, then move left around the arete. Climb boldly just left of the arete on positive holds. Use your nut key to dig for wire placements. Step right onto a ledge.
P3. 4c. Step down off the ledge to the right, and skip over the ant hill. Traverse further right for about 5m to a small tree then climb diagonally up and right to the blocks of doubtful stability under the black roof.
P4. Step back left and climb a steep corner, keeping left, to a ledge.
P5. Step onto the fine slab on the left, and traverse left to the arete, then up this to a heathery finish. Tree belay below a scruffy wall.

Ticklists: Great VS Climbs in the Lake District, 100 More Classic British VS Climbs, Best 25 BORROWDALE VS/HVS's, Kendal Wall's Best 100 climbs in Britain, Select VS Climbs in the Lake District, Lakeland's Best Multi-pitch Routes up to HVS.

Hidden 30/Aug/17 AltLd O/S
MusicalMountaineer 30/Aug/17 AltLd O/S

Brilliant route.100% adventure climbing. Don't be put on by pitch 1, the rest is fantastic. Sure, it feels like the whole face feels like it may come off at any second, but it's worth it!

with Graham
cpoad 06/Jul/17 Lead O/S

1st pitch green and grotty, slab on 2nd pitch a bit mossy, but rest of climb fine.

with Clare F
JMM 24/Jun/17 Lead

Very good climb, technically straightforward, but requiring care/steadiness;, some fiddly gear and bits of suspect rock in places. Finished up the last pitch of Kaleidoscope as per new FRCC Borrowdale guide(some of the original route fell down a few years ago!)--this is given 4b but one move harder than anything on all the 4c pitches below!

Hidden 02/Jun/17 Lead O/S
Hidden 01/May/17 AltLd O/S
noah 30/Apr/17 AltLd O/S

Pitches 3,4 and 6 especially nice (apart from the massive ants nest), but the others a bit chossy/vegetated. Nice varied route overall. Led P's 1, 3, 5

with C. Densham
Harry Ellis 29/Apr/17 -

Pitch 4 starts well but becomes scarily loose

with Luke Jones
Hidden 26/Apr/17 AltLd O/S
Chloe Wilson 23/Apr/17 2nd
with joeflan
joeflan 23/Apr/17 Lead O/S


with Chloe
Mark Eddy 22/Apr/17 Lead

Far too much vegetation and choss to be a starred route let alone 3 stars! The 4th pitch felt dangerously loose. In-between all that we found some fine climbing. The ants bite!

annastudholme 22/Apr/17 2nd
paul horabin ??/2017 Lead
Hidden 02/Oct/16 AltLd
Dawn_K_B 31/Jul/16 AltLd O/S

Many ants. Worth it for the climb though.

ethan109 21/Jun/16 AltLd
Old Baldie 06/Jun/16 AltLd O/S
with Dave Teesdale
PeteWilson 02/Jun/16 AltLd O/S

linked first two pitches together to start, found the second pitch up the left of the arête quite bold and reachy, felt more like HVS 4c to me, but maybe I went on the wrong line as I stepped left to a tree belay. alt pitches after that.

with John P
55pete55 01/Jun/16 2nd
mutt 28/May/16 Lead
with julian prieto
Julian Prieto 28/May/16 AltLd O/S

Led P1, 2, 5 (P1 and 2 in 1 pitch)

with Matt Burrows, Alan Blanchflower
Mike-W-99 08/May/16 AltLd O/S

Led 2,4+5. Don't be put off by the start, it improves greatly. Still a lot of tottering choss in-between pitches 5 & 6 that's really only held up by a tree root.

with Fiona
Fiona Reid 08/May/16 AltLd O/S

Led 1,3 and 6. Starts off in a jungle but quickly onto good rock. Varied climbing throughout and good fun. Pitches 2,3 and 4 are great, the chimney pitch is good too, although not so fun for the second if they've got a rucksack on ;). Oh, the ants on the pitch 3 traverse bite... little gits

with Mike
mussonlr 21/Mar/16 AltLd
smithjmw46 21/Mar/16 AltLd

Highlights were the two 4b pitches. Both excellent.

jack morris 94 ??/2016 -
JSCB ??/2016 Lead O/S
adie84 ??/2016 -
Darron ??/2016 -
Hidden 05/Sep/15 AltLd O/S
James Worthington 17/Aug/15 AltLd

Did the odd pitches. Really enjoyed this climb.

with Iain
Dexter JW 30/Jul/15 Lead O/S

Regarding ants.. I,ve seen bigger. Great adventure morning out. Finished up the 5a arete cuz the chimney looked unpleasant with a pack

Gatley 30/Jul/15 2nd O/S

Didn't see a single ant. So, loved the safety on the lower pitches with the water right below you

joe.91 09/Jul/15 AltLd O/S

Really fun and varied route. Don't let the ant comments scare you, the threat is easily managable

Hidden 09/Jul/15 AltLd
saintlade ?/Jul/15 -

Met Jamie around 7.45 Rossthwaite, must have started climbing the route around 08:30. As other have said, good honest adventure. Don't let the first pitch put you off. After the grassy/mossy start a great 2nd pitch (maybe bold for VS?), 3rd pitch the ants were out in force. 4th pitch a couple of wobbly holds but not all that bad. Did the fantastic top pitch in failing light.

pastep 26/Jun/15 AltLd

A route with everything, slabs, steep sections, traversing,down climbing,moss, lichen, grass,ants and loose blocks(the pointed prow at the end of pitch 4 will come down soon).

with Woody
Colin Dyer 05/Jun/15 AltLd

After work evening trip. Great varied climb of consistent high quality and variety.

Anna_wells 25/May/15 AltLd
Hidden 25/May/15 AltLd O/S
Samuel Wainwright 04/May/15 Lead O/S

They really weren't lying about the giant ants!

Hidden 04/May/15 2nd dog
Dave Warburton 02/May/15 AltLd O/S

Got progressively wetter in the rain. Nice climb, but the finish was hard when wet.

Hidden 01/May/15 AltLd O/S
steely 09/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

P1,3&5. Magic route with spectacular views. Good day out all round.

owain-1978 09/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
WB 08/Apr/15 Solo O/S

Not a pleasant experience. Ants, frightening blocks and chimneying with a rucksack. Adventurous :)

Lessworkmoreclimbing 04/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

4 good pitches, a walk pitch, and first pitch not as bad as it looked - clean holds and sufficient gear. Ants all over pitch 3 but seemed to be harmless.

with Kev
Hidden 04/Apr/15 AltLd O/S
mrginna 04/Apr/15 AltLd O/S

Pitches 1 and 2

with max
AdamSale 02/Apr/15 2nd O/S
Hidden ??/2015 -
swmackey 16/Nov/14 Lead O/S
BLodge 21/Sep/14 AltLd
Stanners 24/Aug/14 AltLd O/S

All the main pitches except the 10m traverse to the yew tree. The killer ants and jungle feel on the first pitch made this a total 3 star adventure. Possibly THE best pitch I've ever done up the final chimney? Spectacular belay to finish and just couldn't stop grinning. I miss the Lakes :( Back to avon!

with Andy G
CreepingExcellence. 24/Aug/14 AltLd O/S
Zoomer 24/Jul/14 AltLd O/S

Great adventure, shitty first pitch, 2nd bold, third mobbed by aggressive ants, 4th steep and intimidating, 5th has a very large pinnacle waiting to go, 6th in the dark! Excellent route but in no way a soft touch VS.

with Joe dickens
JoeDickens 24/Jul/14 AltLd

Led the top pitch. A great climb. 'That hold' at the start of the second pitch is a god-send. First and fifth pitches are a bit dodgy but the rest is excellent.

asmith37 06/Jul/14 Lead O/S

Very slightly underwhelmed by this route. Maybe it was the overgrown 1st pitch, the loose rock, the hideous looking final chimney or just the thousands of huge ants! Pitch 2 probably had the best climbing but felt committing and not that well protected.

Hidden 19/Jun/14 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Jun/14 AltLd O/S
mike fenwick ?/Jun/14 AltLd
with Chris Coapes
Hidden 17/May/14 Lead
Ste Ridd 16/May/14 AltLd
Hidden 16/May/14 AltLd
jogle03 10/May/14 AltLd O/S
Alex Thomson 04/May/14 AltLd
Hidden 04/May/14 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/May/14 AltLd O/S
Mike Hewitt ?/May/14 AltLd β

Fantastic, varied climb.

with Jim Fairey
Powertrain ??/2014 -
chris skipton ??/2014 -
jon59 ??/2014 -
tmawer 13/Oct/13 AltLd

There was a very recent rock scar on the traverse right to the last pitch and a HUGE pinnacle balanced on very little....this will go sometime over the winter I expect..take care.

with Bram
BTphonehome 13/Oct/13 AltLd O/S
with Tony
Hidden 22/Sep/13 -
Brendan 31/Aug/13 AltLd O/S

Led P1, 2 and 4.

with Paul
jonnysims 24/Aug/13 AltLd O/S

lead pitches 1,3,5+6

Andrew Knight 24/Aug/13 AltLd O/S
guisboro andy 24/Aug/13 AltLd
Dervey 13/Aug/13 AltLd
Hidden 08/Aug/13 AltLd
Calum Wadsworth 01/Aug/13 AltLd O/S

In damp conditions pitch one very slippy and quite bold but the rest was brilliant!

with Chris
Tilt ?/Aug/13 AltLd

Interesting! Bottom pitch slimey, top pitch exciting. Traverse full of ants.

Matt Poole 20/Jul/13 Lead O/S
with Paulina Pilarska
Hidden 13/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
Mark Kemball 07/Jul/13 Lead
with Bill Kemball
lithos 06/Jul/13 Lead

guided. bit dirty on P1 but the holds stand out from the moss. really good varied climbing throughout.

with ccc
jogh 01/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with Vincent
vinni 01/Jul/13 AltLd O/S
with James
nrgchapp 09/Jun/13 AltLd O/S
with Michael
Hidden 26/May/13 AltLd O/S
Hidden 06/May/13 2nd
crag_hopper_Jay 06/May/13 Lead O/S

Lead all pitches. Great route, gear where you need it and great moves! Ants add to the excitement. Great alternative to the busy near by crags!

DigitalSteak 04/May/13 2nd O/S
Hidden 03/Mar/13 2nd
Hidden 21/Feb/13 2nd O/S
Pohil 21/Feb/13 Lead

Freezing. Great Route!

Hidden 08/Feb/13 Lead O/S
Hidden ??/2013 Lead
Hidden ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
robbo157 ??/2013 -
Hidden ??/2013 -
robbo157 ??/2013 -
tobyk 07/Oct/12 Lead O/S
with Emma Akam
maria85 06/Oct/12 AltLd O/S

Climbing the 2nd pitch of Revenge of the Giant Climbing Ants, tried to follow the rest of that route but think we did this one instead! First pitch of slime was the crux...

with Jules
Hidden 06/Oct/12 Lead
Dan Geh 12/Aug/12 AltLd O/S

nice climb apart form the scrappy 1st pitch and massive ants on the traverse!

tgeh 12/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
with dan geh
Hidden 02/Aug/12 AltLd O/S
nia 10/Jun/12 AltLd O/S

great route made more interesting by the ants - last pitch is loose - take care

with harry
Steve Woollard 05/Jun/12 AltLd
Hidden 04/Jun/12 Lead O/S
J25 04/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/12 AltLd O/S
Hidden 04/Jun/12 2nd O/S
aleckirby 04/Jun/12 2nd O/S

I seconded all 6 pitches

Hidden 26/May/12 2nd
pffft 26/May/12 Lead O/S

Lovely climbing, all four of the main pitches are different and a joy

with James West, Naomi Havercroft
MartinLister 26/May/12 Lead
with Peter Brown
williap 05/May/12 Lead

Great variety of climbing, felt soft for VS

with Hartley
Hidden 01/May/12 AltLd
Hidden 30/Apr/12 2nd
wilkie14c 27/Mar/12 Lead dnf

DNF due to the ants on P3!

with Mark Wilson
Hidden 15/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
tomhull 15/Feb/12 AltLd O/S
with matt harris
Stone Idle ??/2012 -
Hidden ??/2012 -
cballard ??/2012 -
JonG ??/2012 -
Ian Hinkins ??/2012 -
Callum Anderson ??/2012 -
Stone Idle ??/2012 -
joe_lancs 04/Oct/11 Lead O/S
Hidden 30/Sep/11 Lead O/S
Mike Sheehan 01/Sep/11 AltLd O/S

Combination of first 3 pitches finishing via Kalideascope.

with Dave Absalom & Gerald Bonington
Olli-C 31/Aug/11 AltLd rpt

lead pitches 1,3,5. Took pesticide to kill the ants.

Rachel Slater 31/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

lead pitch 2,4,6. Nice route.

David Bulley 29/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

Wish I lived in the Lakes.

Krys81 17/Aug/11 AltLd O/S

Led 1st pitch of 4. Awesome chimmney ont he last pitch. Make sure you choose the correct line for the 1st traverse (lower better than higher) so you don't have to teeter back to the ledge with millions of giant killer ants!

with Andy Stark
Hidden 13/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
Bobbyonrock 11/Aug/11 AltLd O/S
DaveAtkinson 09/Aug/11 AltLd
with Richard Hewison
Hidden 16/Jul/11 AltLd
KevB 13/Jul/11 2nd
with Rob Reynolds
Kirill 26/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
cem 26/Jun/11 Lead rpt
with Natalia Male Alcalde
Hidden 26/Jun/11 AltLd O/S
Petarghh 25/May/11 AltLd O/S

Big boots

Euan S 11/May/11 Lead O/S
with Digby
chris smith 01/May/11 Lead O/S
ChrisBrooke 29/Apr/11 Lead rpt
with Keeley Scholes
Ellie79 24/Apr/11 AltLd

P2 (4c), P4 (4b), P6 (4b)

with Mike C
Hidden 12/Apr/11 AltLd
Hidden 09/Apr/11 AltLd
Neil D 08/Apr/11 Lead O/S
Betha. 08/Apr/11 2nd O/S

Angered some pretty massive ants on the first traverse...

with Neil D
buddha1369 27/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Lead Pitches 2,3 & 6...really good route!

oliverk 27/Mar/11 AltLd

Pitches 1, 3 and 5

with Malcolm
graphiclunarkid 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

Brilliant route. Led both traverses and the chimney (pitches 3,5 & 6). Do not anger the wood ants!

Leelogs 26/Mar/11 AltLd

Led pitch 2 and 4. Attack of the ants on pitch 3!!!

with SCC
Hidden 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
Hidden 26/Mar/11 AltLd O/S
iwebster59017 07/Mar/11 AltLd O/S

got a little lost on route, very overgrown on first couple of pitches!

Hidden ??/2011 -
Bob ??/2011 -
duncana 23/Aug/10 AltLd

Led easier pitches, but including fun traverse pitch 3. There had been some huge rock falls in the weeks before we climbed - big blocks at the bottom, and looking unstable at pitch 5/6.

with Pippa Archer
the_keef 08/Aug/10 AltLd O/S

Fantastic route, really interesting and varied, as previously mentioned watch out for the massive ants! There has been a pretty huge rockfall from next to the belay below the final chimney, be really careful on the traverse approaching the belay as there are some massive blocks that are just about to go.

with Rob, Andy Ford
Hidden 24/Jul/10 AltLd
David Wynne 03/Jul/10 2nd

Watch out for the ants!!

Adam1973 03/Jul/10 AltLd rpt
KevB 18/Jun/10 Lead O/S
with Student
Peter Metcalfe 10/Jun/10 Lead

On second pitch I took variation start #2 and Cath took on the Revenge of the Climbing Ants!! Traverse on P3 wonderful. Finish by a steep chimney in an incredible position.

martrin 18/May/10 AltLd

warning............ loads of loose rock, some block are leaning out ready to go!

with Colin Smith
bazpearson 04/May/10 2nd O/S
with pete stollery
Hidden 23/Apr/10 AltLd
Andy S 20/Apr/10 AltLd O/S

Don't do this if you're not really solid at VS! 2nd pitch sparse on gear and very airy last pitch. A magical mystery tour of Gowder Crag! Very enjoyable in an esoteric, loose boulders kind of way.

with Ben
Little B 20/Apr/10 AltLd O/S

nice traverse pitch - weirdly feels intimidating until you get going across.

with Andy S
Hidden 09/Apr/10 AltLd O/S
Hidden 09/Apr/10 AltLd
Hidden ??/2010 -
Hidden ??/2010 -
clint87 ??/2010 2nd
Hidden 17/Oct/09 AltLd O/S
ccraigg22 13/Oct/09 2nd O/S
Hidden 13/Oct/09 Lead O/S
Jack Loftus 13/Oct/09 AltLd O/S
with Craig, Nick
chrisallan 11/Oct/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 11/Oct/09 2nd O/S
Adam1973 26/Sep/09 AltLd O/S
Matt Bill Platypus 26/Sep/09 AltLd O/S

Led 1st, 3rd and 5th pitches.

with Adam
Ken Applegate 12/Sep/09 AltLd

Led pitches 1,2,3 and 5. First pitch is a bit green, but don't be tempted by the higher start to the right! Also, be very careful as there are some pretty hefty sized blocks that are loose on the 4th pitch.

Hidden 10/Sep/09 Lead O/S
Hidden ?/Sep/09 AltLd O/S
mikecollins 20/Aug/09 AltLd
Hidden 20/Aug/09 AltLd rpt
ginja1980 14/Aug/09 Lead O/S
Hidden 13/Aug/09 AltLd
Graeme Hammond 09/Aug/09 Lead O/S

all pitches amazing *** in my book

with Pete aka Dad
Simon Holden (LCandCC) 02/Aug/09 AltLd O/S
with Murray
hawkins321 25/Jul/09 Lead O/S

fantastic route. with the ants i felt like indiana jones! all i needed was a whip and a brown fendora hat!

with justin brewitt
GPN 19/Jul/09 AltLd

Care required with the hollow blocks - potential for more accidents if not cautious.

with Annette
net 19/Jul/09 AltLd

Only led the bushwhacking pitch! First pitch very very dirty, second pitch not well protected, third pitch has an exciting move off an ant hill at the start of the traverse (got bitten), fourth pitch excellent, though a bit loose, same goes for the top pitch.

with George
luke46 ?/Jul/09 AltLd O/S
Peter Holder 24/Jun/09 AltLd O/S
with Adam Rawlings
Simonfarfaraway 01/Jun/09 AltLd
with Paul
Different Steve 24/May/09 Lead O/S
with Clare
steve gould 14/May/09 AltLd
cem 14/May/09 AltLd O/S

Led p 2, 5 & 6

tatz45 02/May/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden 02/May/09 AltLd O/S
victim of mathematics 12/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

Led P1,3&5. Dan Definitely got the harder pitches. A bit of an odd route, though with some nice climbing.

with Dan
dpmUK 12/Apr/09 AltLd O/S

Led 2,4,6

Hidden 11/Apr/09 AltLd O/S
Hidden ??/2009 -
jlancashire ??/2009 AltLd O/S
djking1983 10/Jul/08 Lead O/S
with Harold Edwards
Hidden ?/Jul/08 -
KeithW 24/May/08 AltLd O/S

Wandered around a bit & on checking the guide afterwards, we didn't go the right way. Good situation though.

with Clive Greenwood
Hidden 19/May/08 AltLd O/S
jugglingeek 10/May/08 AltLd O/S

My first multi-pitch climb. Lots of fun, expecialy topping out on the final, terrifying chimney pitch. Second all pitches except the final traverse and chimney

with Paul Cookson
Hidden 29/Apr/08 AltLd O/S
markhowley 05/Apr/08 AltLd dnf
with Neil
Neil Mackenzie 05/Apr/08 AltLd dnf

bit of a mission !! didnt start til 4 and got to first belay in a hail storm, realised we were off route, returned back to route but weren't liking the persistance of vegatation! decided to escape up the mossy grove before starting the traverse

with mark
Sean Kelly ??/2008 -
cat22 ??/2008 2nd O/S
with Mike
Kazza91 ??/2008 -
Lawrie Brand 29/Sep/07 AltLd O/S

This route will all fall down one day

IanJackson 14/Sep/07 Solo O/S

Great outing.

Hidden 09/Sep/07 AltLd O/S
colin milton 27/Aug/07 AltLd
with dominic
Mike Lee 10/Aug/07 2nd

VS4c 6 pitches. Went off route!

with Jim
shaun hunt ??/2007 AltLd
Maz J ??/2007 AltLd

led p1-2 and p6 with Nic

Hidden 12/Aug/06 Lead O/S
mikekeswick ?/Jul/06 Lead O/S
with tommy
barney_edin 28/Jun/06 AltLd
with Geoff M
Hidden 21/Jun/06 AltLd
Hidden 29/Apr/06 AltLd
climberuk 27/Apr/06 2nd dnf

Climbed way off route due to moss. Got to the top of the crag but wouldnt qualify this as completing the route.

with Dan Fincham
jonnyboy 27/Jan/06 Lead O/S
with Simon ??/2006 AltLd
craigswoods ?/Sep/05 Lead O/S
with Phil
Abi Chard ?/Aug/05 Lead O/S
with Ian
Hidden 25/Jun/05 AltLd
Hidden 18/Jun/05 AltLd O/S
Howard J 12/Jun/05 AltLd O/S
with John Turner
Hidden ?/Apr/05 AltLd
Shaw Brown 26/Mar/05 AltLd
with David Jones
Wayne S ??/2005 -
climbtim 22/Aug/04 AltLd O/S
Hidden 13/Jun/04 Lead
karly54 23/May/04 Lead
kickaha4 23/May/04 2nd
the abmmc 23/May/04 2nd
Hidden 22/May/04 Lead O/S
beaumap 10/Apr/04 2nd
with Peter Camp
John Kettle ??/2004 AltLd
BlueJohn ??/2004 AltLd O/S
with Mick Stockdale
MazElden ??/2004 Lead
el diablo 11/Oct/03 AltLd
with Jimbo
Hidden 11/Oct/03 AltLd
Harry Ellis ?/Jul/03 -
with Chris Cox
jason 07/Jun/03 AltLd
with ste
Hidden ?/Jun/03 AltLd rpt
Hidden ?/Jun/03 AltLd O/S
topsyturvy ??/2003 AltLd O/S

approximate date / before the bad rockfall

with Rob Sykes
John Pickles 02/Oct/02 Lead O/S
with Paul Willis
Hidden 24/Jul/02 AltLd
dyfan901 21/Jul/02 AltLd
with Graham "Jimmy" Clethero
Chris Murray ?/May/02 AltLd
with Richard Bower
kato'sdad ??/2002 AltLd
Lakesben ??/2002 Lead
RobSimmo ??/2002 AltLd
joe king 13/Jun/01 Lead rpt
with Ed Coote
Hidden 08/Jun/01 2nd O/S
biggianthead 20/May/01 -
with T
Hidden ??/2001 -
malc 23/Aug/00 AltLd O/S
with CL
joe king ?/Aug/00 2nd O/S
with simon ringrose
Hammy 11/Jul/00 Lead
with Derek Hodgeson
clive-greenwood 26/Mar/00 AltLd
with Moss
biggianthead 16/Mar/00 -
with HT
simon cox ??/2000 -
gypsy3006 ??/2000 Lead
Bullybones ??/2000 -
alan moore ??/2000 -
Iain Thow 05/Oct/99 AltLd

Led 2,4&6

with Alex Doherty
stokienomad 02/May/99 AltLd
Hammy 31/Aug/98 Lead
with Sally Robinson
Bruce Kerr 13/Aug/98 Lead
with Jenny Kerr
stokienomad ?/Jul/98 AltLd
Hidden 12/Jun/98 -
Hidden 23/Mar/98 AltLd O/S
Ratfeeder 20/Feb/98 AltLd rpt
with Kim C
The Pulsing Motorik of Neu! ??/1998 AltLd O/S
with Drew
Hidden ??/1998 -
Hammy 05/Oct/97 Lead
with Penny Excel
roncaves 22/Jun/97 AltLd
with Jim Lawrenson
rogerskews ??/1997 AltLd
with Martin Coward
biggianthead 06/Sep/96 -
with G
Hidden 30/Jul/96 2nd
Chris Murray 21/Jun/96 AltLd

Done this a couple of times. nice route

with Richard Bower
p.crooky#1 04/Jun/96 AltLd
with Nick Franklin
icescrew ?/May/96 AltLd
with Can't remember
daviesxxx ??/1995 Lead
Steve Lenartowicz ??/1995 -
JiveWeasel ?/Jun/94 Lead O/S
Paul Figg 08/May/94 Lead
Hammy 03/May/93 Lead
with Richard Munro
Hidden 04/Jul/92 Solo
daprince ?/Jun/92 -
ferret newman ?/Jun/92 Lead

The Ants nest climb variant...

with Moira
roncaves 27/May/91 AltLd
Rog Wilko ?/May/91 Lead
with Debbie Wilkinson
neilh 28/Apr/91 Lead O/S
with sara hyde
Steve Crowe ??/1991 Lead O/S

circa 1991

Hammy 20/Apr/90 Lead
with Pete Smith
Pete Pozman 08/Apr/90 AltLd O/S
with John Byrne
Ratfeeder ?/Jul/89 Solo rpt
Hidden 31/Jul/88 AltLd
BigHairyIan 22/Mar/88 AltLd O/S
with Mike Gibbison (Hairy)
hazeysunshine ?/Jul/86 AltLd O/S
with Phil
biggianthead 19/May/86 -
with HT
EddieA ?/Nov/84 Lead O/S

no ants if you do it in winter - views are better too

with Mark
Paul Clarke ??/1984 Lead
with Unsure
Paul Clarke ??/1984 Lead
with Unsure
sadams 20/Dec/83 Lead
with Mark Bonham
Hidden 20/Aug/83 Lead
biggianthead 21/Jun/83 -
with G
Hidden 04/May/83 2nd
Hidden 23/Apr/83 AltLd
Richard Weller ?/Apr/83 AltLd
with Ant Osborne
Ken Taylor 10/Apr/82 AltLd
with Gerry Dunford
Hidden ?/Mar/82 2nd rpt
babymoac 14/Feb/82 AltLd
with MTW
MikeDowsett ??/1982 AltLd
with Andy Lynch
kennylind ??/1982 AltLd O/S
The Reaper 07/Nov/81 AltLd
Hidden 31/Oct/81 AltLd O/S
John Marsland 16/Sep/81 AltLd
with Tony Rex
Will Webb ?/May/81 Lead
with Nick Watkins
Nic Robinson 20/Apr/81 Lead O/S
with Richard Dickenson
Hammy 15/Mar/80 AltLd
with Rob Lawson
Lord of Starkness ??/1980 Lead β

The only previous time I did the route was in September 1971 - as second to Ed Thompson. Apart from knowing the line, I could remember little else of the route other than knowing it was one I wanted to do when I was confident of leading VS.

with Stu Ely
robinsi197 ??/1980 -
with Barbara
Hidden ??/1979 -
telemark ??/1979 Lead
with Jim Sutherland
Mark Kemball 27/Aug/78 AltLd
with Sarah Bridge
Hidden 31/Jul/78 AltLd
andybirtwistle ?/Apr/78 Lead
keith Lonsdale ?/Apr/78 2nd
Hidden 04/Mar/78 Lead
Tom V ??/1978 -
GeoffG 06/Mar/77 AltLd
climbing_goose ??/1977 AltLd O/S

beware the ants!!!!

with dave colsey
Falko 22/May/76 AltLd O/S
with Howard Lancashire
Bob M ?/Apr/76 Lead
with Dave Kyle
Hidden 08/Feb/76 AltLd
Ian Jones ??/1976 Lead O/S
with Billy Jones
tapley 20/Jul/75 Lead
with Alison Tapley
Martin Bennett 29/Jun/74 -
with SGW
Peter Main 13/Jan/74 2nd dnf

Attempt on climb abandoned after first pitch in very bad conditions of sleet, hail and wind. Rocks very wet

with Robin Andrews
Nigel Bond 04/Aug/73 AltLd
with Andy Brown
mikej 11/Feb/73 AltLd
with John Bickerdike
Hidden 09/Jul/72 AltLd
granitbahn ?/May/72 AltLd

Well worth it. Climbed several times - once by headtorch! The ants swarming up the rope seem to be an enduring feature - they were there in 1972!

with Rick Reeve
Gordon Stainforth 14/Jul/71 AltLd
with Tim James
greenbuoy 27/Jun/71 AltLd
with Bob Lister
Hidden 13/Sep/70 AltLd
Martin Bennett 13/Aug/70 -
with IW
Dave Musgrove 22/Jun/69 AltLd
with Bob Knapton
RichardMc 01/Mar/69 Lead
with Alan Thompson
tutbury ?/Oct/67 -
with Liz Butterworth
uphillnow ?/Sep/67 -


Seymore Butt ??/1965 AltLd
with Ian Heys
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